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Racing Against Leukemia weekend – the one weekend where, if you schedule things right, you could participate in all three of our programs’ activities: Club Racing, Solo (two days), DoubleCross, Rally, and RallyCross. I don’t think we had anyone that managed to do this, but, you could (and if you did, please contact me as I’ll change this.)
The theme of Solo Event #6 was ‘Hot’. As in hot drivers, hot tires, a hot course, and it was just plain HOT.
166 drivers (just 41 less than the National Tour) showed up for Cone-a-Thon, New England Region’s 6th point’s event of the year. They were treated to a course that would not have looked out of place at the National Tour, temps in the high 80’s that had many drivers scrambling for the watersprayers , and 5 sixty second runs that had the fast drivers at the top of second gear.
210 drivers, from 14 different States and 3 Canadian Provinces showed up for the Northeast National Tour at Moore Airfield in Devens, MA. The weather was superb, starting off in the 50’s each morning and progressing into the 70’s by late afternoon.
Instead of the usual event write up, I thought I’d offer some random thoughts, ideas, and events:
Springtime Coneage – Event #3 certainly lived up to its name. With at least 474 cones hit (results do not show cones on DNF runs), corner workers got a good workout at our third event. With 148 drivers that cone count averages 3.2 cones per driver, and a cone being hit on more than half the runs.
Dirt piles, metal framing, construction equipment, and a vanished grid area. This is what greeted the Solo program as they pulled into New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday April, 21. All that was needed to make things really gloomy was the threat of rain, but, thanks to the master of scheduling, Bob Davis, the Saturday event was again the better of the two weekend days.
The return of April also meant the return of New England Region SCCA to the runways and taxiways of the former Moore Airfield at Devens. Despite some timing issues at the beginning of the event, and some of the first event bugs that always pop up, 161 drivers got 5 timed runs on the Nate Whipple designed course.
When we arrive for an event, our goal as competitors is not just to compete, but to do the best we can to make sure the event runs smoothly. We tech our cars before we walk the course. When grid opens up for our heat, we put our car in as early as we can.
New England Region SCCA announces that it will be offering three Road Tire classes for the 2012 season. The classes are aimed at Stock Class competitors that wish to compete without purchasing R-Compound tires. The tire rule for these classes mimics the Street Touring classes in that only tires with a UTQG rating of 140 or higher will be legal for the class.